Dive Bars

Cleveland Dive Bars

Last Updated: February 27, 2017

Looking for a bar off the beaten path where the locals hang out? Take a look at our list of recommended dive bars below. Dive Bar is a Cleveland Classic while Edgewater Cafe has been around for decades. Check out Pat’s in The Flats - it’s a great place to grab a drink and listen to a band. Once you’re done, take a stroll along the water in The Flats and check out what else it has to offer!

Dive Bar


Awarded one of “The 50 Best Sports Bars in America’s Best Sports Towns” in 2016, Dive Bar has a never ending calendar of events and a wide range of alcoholic beverages. Rent your own party pad “apartment” where you and your friends can watch the big game or celebrate an event. You’re provided with a private seating area, your own refrigerator filled with your choice of beverages, bottle service, and a server to help you out. Dive Bar is a great destination for draft beers in the Warehouse District. They offer over 42 options!

Clark Bar


Clark Bar is a bar and pub located in Tremont. If you’re in the area and looking for a chill place to grab a quick drink, this is the place for you. It’s a great neighborhood bar with really good drinks and drink prices. They also offer homemade daily food specials.

Edgewater Cafe


The same since 1996, Edgewater Cafe is like a time capsule of the 90’s. A pool table, dart board, and vintage beer paraphernalia fill the Edgewater Cafe. It’s a great place to watch a game while enjoying a few brews or beverages.



Hoopples is located on a bluff overlooking the Cuyahoga River. It’s a blue-collar joint that offers a great view of the skyline and a feel for old school Cleveland. View bridges through the windows or take a look at their vintage photos on the walls, all while enjoying a drink at this family owned bar. It’s known as a “friendly place with good food, good people, and that great view.”

Pat's in the Flats


Family owned since the 1940s, Pat’s in the Flats plays shelter to scruffy rockers, artists, and old school bar devotees. It’s a great place for lovers of punk and alternative rock. Drop by to grab a drink while enjoying local and amateur bands. The decor is minimal and simplistic but it’s a great eccentric bar to check out. Just a note: they’re a cash bar only so make sure you have some dolla bills before you head their way.



Offering reasonable food and drinks, Smedley’s tends to draw a crowd of ex-military, bikers, and cops. However, there is a good mix of other individuals as well. They have great bands and friendly people-it’s the perfect dive bar hotspot for good food, beers, and music. Check out their Facebook page for a calendar of events and specials.